Elective surgery

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Elective surgery

Post by kfchugo » 26 Oct 2015, 20:28

Some years ago, I closed down a family business and became unemployed - due to my age, it became involuntary retirement and I could not afford to keep up private health cover. Couple of years later and a friend offered me part time work, but didnt renew the insurance.
Had a fall recently and snapped both major tendons in my shoulder. Orthopaedic surgeons locally wont event give me an appointment for twelve to eighteen months. Does anyone have any clues on the subject, tactics, strategies etc to get some help sooner?
I think I might be up the proverbial creek and not just the paddle is missing - the canoe also....... but it never hurts to ask.

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Post by Teddy » 26 Oct 2015, 22:16

Does your GP have any suggestions, apart from local Orthopaedic surgeons, the city public hospital or appealing to your MP,re your priority, pain & discomfort?

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Post by Dreamweaver » 27 Oct 2015, 11:00

If you have to wait you might be able to ease the situation and give future surgery the best outcome. Google to see what's around. This link might help - http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00031

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Post by Mahalia » 27 Oct 2015, 11:43

Well if you join private health insurance today you will have a 12 month wait for a preexisting condition but that's better than 18 months wait to use the public system...but not much help really. The alternative is to find out the anticipated length of stay in hospital and approx cost if possible of surgery/anaesthesia etc. Even if you pay yourself for your hospital bed in a shared ward in a public hospital (enabling you to have your own Dr/specialist) and any out of pockets on your surgeons/anaethetist accounts - that may work out cheaper than the premium for 12 months private health isurance. Medicare will cover 75% of the scheduled fee for your Drs bills and you pay the difference. That difference is considerably more if your Doctor charges over and above the scheduled (recommended) fee.

If you advise your surgeon that you are going 'private' in a state hospital and paying the bill for the hospital yourself I would be thinking he would fit you in much sooner than the 12/18 months he has quoted you - which would be I would be thinking the length of time for him to do your case pro bono through the public system.
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Post by Teddy » 27 Oct 2015, 13:22

Kfghugo,states appointment with surgeon (not surgery)unfortunately this could mean an even longer delay, after initial visit to surgeon. A visit to the largest Teaching Hospital in the city with your Dr's referral, is a suggestion. A private consultation with a Specialist is usually very expensive. This morning my GP informed me my Cancer surgeon has just retired, do I "Need a referral to another?"(No thank you)
Hopefully Kfghugo,your GP Bulk Bills, try having another discussion with him, something to think about ,getting some relief from your discomfort at the earliest opportunity.

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Post by kfchugo » 27 Oct 2015, 13:39

Thank you all for your suggestions which are greatly appreciated. Further inquiries have led me further afield and I am told that the waiting list is less the further one gets from the Central coast of NSW. I have tried Newcastle with little improvement but was directed to Maitland hospital which is about an hours drive from here. They want to see a referral from my doctor before committing themselves to a time frame but assure me it will be considerably less than a year. I will explore the option of paying my own way in the public system as that could well shorten my wait.
I am told it is a very painful procedure and recovery period so I may well come back for some suggestions on where to buy black market morphine :)

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Post by godfather » 27 Oct 2015, 21:01

Hugo, if your local doctor is any good, then he'll have some ideas of good surgeons in Sydney.
I would suggest let your local GP do all the preliminaries and send you to Sydney for surgery through the public system. Its worth a try!

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Post by Dreamweaver » 28 Oct 2015, 21:57

Here in our provincial city in Victoria the waiting list for elective surgery is long, and many people go out to the little country hospitals around to get done much quicker, by exactly the same surgeon. The trouble is not with the surgeon's time lag, but the heavy booking on the larger hospital's facilities. The country ones have less demand, and you can get through much quicker, with just as much expertise, and returning to town for aftercare.

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Post by kfchugo » 29 Oct 2015, 21:53

My Doc has sent a referral to Maitland hospital for me, I will see how that goes. If its not great news, i will try some other hospitals within striking distance.

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Post by kfchugo » 05 Nov 2015, 10:28

I may have to review my agnostic beliefs - it seems there is a God after all - just had a letter from the Maitland hospital offering me a specialist appointment on Dec 9th...... a year earlier than i was expecting!

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Post by grandduke » 05 Nov 2015, 12:14

Why Hugo next you’ll be walking on water. :heeheehee :heeheehee
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Post by kfchugo » 05 Nov 2015, 13:40

Would be happy to walk on the stuff, GD - rarely drink it. :icon_biggrin:

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Post by grandduke » 05 Nov 2015, 16:08

I keep a number of bottle in the fridge love cold water ( rain water that is) :wqoohoo :cool:
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